Criminal Profiling Methods

Date of this Version

January 2006

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Details

Petherick, Wayne (2006) Criminal Profiling Methods is a chapter in Serial Crime: Theoretical and Practical Issues in Behavioral Profiling, Petherick, Wayne, editor; Elsevier / Academic Press, Burlington, MA, 2006, Chapter 3, pp. 31-49.
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2006 HERDC submission


It is the aim of this chapter to provide a theoretical and practical overview of the main criminal profiling methods in use today. This will include a detailed analysis of the FBI's Criminal Investigative Analysis, Canter's Investigative Psychology, Rossmo's Geographic Profiling and Turvey's Behavioral Evidence Analysis. Additionally, the generic method employed by mental health professionals known as diagnostic evaluations will also be addressed. Each section will provide not only a comprehensive review of the theoretical and practical underpinnings of each approach, but also a summary of critiques involving each.

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